Series of Guillermo del Toro at the UNAM Film Library

A Lovecraftian at heart, a great reader of Jorge Luis Borges, a fan of fights and comics, nostalgic for classic monsters, a living machine for creating vampires for celluloid, renamed Totoro by a Japanese girl, always concerned about supporting the emerging scene of filmmakers and social causes, Guillermo del Toro He is a multifaceted character, of whom you will be able to enjoy seven films from his filmography, as well as a title produced by him and a film restored thanks to his help, from November 17 to 20 in rooms of the University Cultural Center of the UNAM.

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Guillermo del Toro cycle at the UNAM Film Library

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The Film Library of the UNAM has programmed this cycle on the occasion of the Doctor honoris causa degree awarded by the National Autonomous University of Mexico to Guillermo del Toro. The functions will be free admission in the Julio Bracho Rooms Y Jose Revueltas from UNAM.


In the cycle you can see already classic tapes such as Chronos (Mexico, 1993), Del Toro’s first film, winner of Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival and 9 Arieles, among which are: Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Also Known As The invention of Chronos, this film has a script that Guillermo himself wrote. The story raises the existence of an impossible artifact created during the New Spanish Viceroyalty by a mysterious alchemist, whose secret mechanism is an insect that consumes human blood and is capable of offering immortality. The film is starring Federico Luppi, Ron Perlmann, claudio brook, daisy isabella, tamara shanat, Daniel Gimenez Cachoamong others.

Guillermo del Toro cycle at the UNAM Film Library

Another film that will be screened is mimic (USA, 1997), based on the homonymous story by Donald A. Wollheim, with a script by Del Toro and Matthews Robbins, starring Mira Sorvino and which addresses the story of a disease spread by cockroaches that is causing deaths among the children’s population of Manhattan. In an attempt to counter this epidemic, Dr. Susan Tyler performs a mutation between insects to create a new species that secretes a substance that kills cockroaches. Said species was programmed to die after its first generation; However, it seems that the experiment has gone wrong and the consequences are already preparing to emerge from the sewers.

UNAM Film Library celebrates Guillermo del Toro

The Devil’s backbone (Spain, 2000) is a classic from the Guillermo Del Toro universe and can be seen on the big screen. Produced by Del Toro himself, Pedro Almodóvar and Bertha Navarro, the film stars Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega Y Federico Luppi. It is a ghost story set in 1939, just after the civil war, where we follow Carlos, a 10-year-old boy who arrives at an orphanage for orphans of Republican victims. His presence will alter the daily routine of a school scarred by war and that hides a strange secret.

UNAM Film Library celebrates Guillermo del Toro

Based on the comic by Mike Mignola hellboythe films will be exhibited within this cycle hellboy (USA, 2004) Y Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, USA – Germany, 2007), both starring Ron Perlmannwho plays a kind of vigilante demon who works in the area of ​​paranormal investigation, getting rid of monsters that threaten the peace and survival of the human being.

The film will also be shown the labyrinth of faun (Spain – Mexico – USA, 2006), winner of three Oscars, as well as seven Goya awards. Starring Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, sergi lopez, Ariadna Gil Y Maribel Verdu, the film tells the story of little Ofelia, whose stepfather, Captain Vidal, is a cruel man who leads the Francoist army in post-war Spain, and his mission is to eliminate the last Republicans. In this context, Ofelia enters a fantastic world through a labyrinth where a faun lives, who lets her know that she is actually the princess of a fantasy kingdom that awaits her return.

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In the same way, the multi-award-winning film by Del Toro, the shape of water (USA, 2017); a supernatural fairy tale set in the United States of the days of the Cold War, during the sixties. The tape tells the story of Elisa, a lonely and silent woman who works as a janitor in a high-security government laboratory. Her life will change when she, along with her partner Zelda, discover a secret experiment: an aquatic creature subjected to brutal torture in the name of science.

The Guillermo del Toro Orphanage

In 2006 Guillermo del Toro made the production, together with Belen Atienza Y Sandra Hermidaof The orphanage (Spain – Mexico, 2006) directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. The film tells the story of Laura, who settles with her family in the orphanage where she grew up as a child. Her purpose is to open a residence for disabled children. The atmosphere of the old house awakens the imagination of her son, who begins to let himself be carried away by fantasy. Winner of the Goya Award in the categories of Best New Director and Best Screenplay, this film can also be seen within the cycle dedicated to Guillermo del Toro.

In addition, Guillermo del Toro has not only promoted Mexican cinema, but has also supported it for its restoration, as is the case with the film the soft (Mexico, 1950), directed by Fernando Mendez. Thanks to their economic contribution, together with the support of the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the University of Guadalajara, it was possible to consolidate this restoration process in which 119,752 frames were digitally processed in 4k resolution, as well as the optical sound of nitrate and the selection of scenes in a positive copy digitized with the Sondor/Resonance system.

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These are the movie times

The functions will be distributed among the rooms Julio Bracho Y Jose Revueltas in University City. These are the hours.

November 17

Julio Bracho Room

Jose Revueltas Room

  • The Pan’s Labyrinth / 4:30 p.m.
  • The Devil’s backbone / 6:45 p.m.

November 18th

Julio Bracho Room

  • The Pan’s Labyrinth/ 6:30 p.m.

Jose Revueltas Room

  • The Devil’s backbone / 12:00 noon
    Mimic / 6:30 p.m.

November 19th

Jose Revueltas Room

  • Pan’s Labyrinth / 12:00 pm
  • Hellboy / 4:30 p.m.
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army / 6:45 p.m.

November 20

Jose Revueltas Room

  • The orphanage / 12:00 pm
  • The shape of water / 6:30 p.m.

It is worth mentioning that the number one recommendation of this free series of films by Guillermo del Toro is to arrive early, since the space in the room is limited and the functions will only be offered at the indicated time.

The Julio Bracho and José Revueltas movie theaters are located within CU, this is the exact address:

  • Where? Av. Insurgentes Sur 3000, CU, Coyoacán, 04510 Mexico City, CDMX.
  • When? From November 17 to 20.
  • How many? Free.

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